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Rugby Tactics: Quick Ruck Ball Key to Wasps Success

Rugby Tactics: Quick Ruck Ball Key to Wasps Success
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Wasps have had an impressive start to their European Champions Cup campaign, dispatching two of the biggest teams in Europe in Leinster and an all star Toulon. Today The Deadballarea takes a look at a crucial facet of their play that allows them to attack so well.

While there is a long way to go in the competition, their brand of fast dynamic ball in hand rugby has caught many fans’ eyes, and key to that has been their ability to ruck quickly and efficiently, keeping defences unsettled and moving backwards whilst they flood forward at pace.

In this video we look at how key their rucking skills have been to this style of play.

What is important to note is how they try to attack shoulders instead of chests, dominate the initial contact, or at least taking it on their terms.

Also watch how their excellent decision making and ball placement on the floor keeps the tempo of the ruck and attack nice and high –  as outlined in our Rucking Drills exercise, watch how players wait for ruck clearers to pass before placing the ball back cleanly, concentrating on keeping control until the ball is cleared by the scrumhalf.

As we’ve seen in previous videos, again simple core skills done well under pressure make it easy to maintain a high tempo, once again proving that if teams get the basics right, the result will take care of itself. This holds true for teams at all levels of the game.

About The Deadballarea

An Englishman living in France, Graeme Forbes runs Rugby Analysis website, thedeadballarea.com.

An IRB qualified coach, in his spare time he helps coach a junior men’s team in Paris. You can catch him on twitter lazily re-tweeting other peoples comments and the Green and Gold Rugby website where he contributes Super 15 and Wallabies based analysis articles.

9 Comments

  • 5:10 PM 14/12/2015

    Where can we find your videos (where u break it all down)? On here or youtube?

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  • thedeadballarea
    1:27 PM 26/11/2015

    cheers Dan appreciate the comments, that's exactly what we're aiming for - to explain some of the trends, and strategies etc... and help people understand, and coaches pick up on things. So we'll deffo be doing more of these videos.

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  • 1:30 AM 26/11/2015

    Joe Simpson better get some 6 nations time

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  • danknapp
    10:56 PM 25/11/2015

    Don't encourage him. You really need to do more of these, mate. I'd love to know what to look out for in some of these games. I bet a load of people would be interested to see a series which explains some of the more complex parts of the game which wouldn't be obvious to those of us who haven't played at a decent level. Thanks for all your hard work.

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  • thedeadballarea
    9:38 PM 25/11/2015

    Depends what you want to do really - if you want to go around them then using things like block and slides/screened passes or runners from blind will generally commit the rushing defence enough. If you want to stop them rushing then you have to start sending their tackle line backwards with close plays, and things like pick and goes until the defence flattens out and the attack can come onto the ball. Great user name btw

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  • 7:43 PM 25/11/2015

    These are great videos. As said above its interesting to see the game broke down into 'mini battles' and study the technical side of things. Would it be possible to see a video on how to attack against a blitz style deffence? Saracens often rush up in defence, as did ireland a couple pf years back and i have always wondered what is the best thing to do ( apart from do a little chip over the top). Cheers

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  • thedeadballarea
    10:59 AM 25/11/2015

    thanks for the kind words guys, it can be hard to get the balance right for old heads and newbies alike so all feedback and discussion like this are really useful for us. Obviously while we want to pick up and explain the more complex elements of the game, and will, we're also aware that good basics come first and we want to re-iterate that in (hopefully) interesting ways. :)

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  • 10:02 AM 25/11/2015

    Me too. I was never coached at a high level, and seeing more of the mini-battles that go on in every phase enormously enhances my enjoyment as a spectator, despite not playing anymore.

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  • danknapp
    9:12 AM 25/11/2015

    I really enjoy these videos.

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